QA with Demopolis Library Director Lindsy Gardner: Library in transition stage
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 12, 2007
You have decided to leave the Demopolis Public Library and take another position?
Yes, I am. It was a very difficult decision.
Where are you going?
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I am going to Lancaster County, Va.
What are you going to be ding in Lancaster?
I will be the director of the Lancaster County Library.
When will you be leaving Demopolis for Virginia?
I will be leaving in September.
You will be staying at the Demopolis Library through the summer?
Are you going to play a role in finding a new director for the Demopolis Public Library?
It is the responsibility of the Library Board of Trustees to hire a new director, but I will certainly be of assistance during that process.
Who makes up the board of trustees?
There are five members from the community that are appointed by the city council.
Has a search begun for the new director?
I hope to post the job description this week.
What kind of qualifications will the board be looking for in a candidate to fill the position?
The main qualification is a degree, as master&8217;s degree, in library science and, hopefully, three years of managerial experience in a library setting.
What exactly is a master&8217;s of library science?
The University of Alabama is the only college in the state of Alabama that offers a master&8217;s degree in library science. They teach you about the organization of information, administration, technical services, fundraising and avocation &8212; all of the different aspects of being a director of a library. So it is essential (to the position).
Is it rare to find someone with a degree in library science?
No, there are quite a few people in Alabama, and I have certainly networked with a lot of librarians in our state. In the process of getting to know them, I have talked about what a great community Demopolis is and all of the great things the library is doing and the
wonderful things we are doing and the great facilities that we have. I hope that goodwill will invite people to apply for this position.
Does Demopolis have above average community support for its library?
Absolutely, especially in a community our size.
There are numerous programs and community interest for the library, how will a new director have to come in and get involved to continue the trend?
Well, the foundation is there of course, especially with the summer reading program, but each person has a new perspective, and I hope that the incoming person will bring a new vision and enthusiasm and new ideas just as I did almost seven years ago. I think it is a tremendous opportunity to improve our library services, even from where they are now.
Is there a timeline for finding the new director at this time that you know of?
I really don&8217;t. It will depend on the applications we receive. We haven&8217;t really set any date.